Home Depot Fires Off-Duty Employee for Being a Good Citizen
My husband was terminated 12-1-12 from Home Depot after 13 years as a full-time employee. He was off the clock leaving Home Depot in his car, when he observed another employee chasing a suspected thief with a shopping cart full of chain saws. The store is on I-35 in Lewisville. He followed the subject out of the parking lot, on to I-35 S, at a safe distance, and called the Lewisville police. They instructed him to go back to the store, and file a police report, which he did.
The employee, who chased the subject out of the store, was fired a few days later. My husband was fired a few days after the other employee for "Violation of Asset Protection Standards". The termination stated he pursued the subject in a manner that created a safety risk to him, and other associates, including, the subject being pursued. The termination stated he violated a major Code of Conduct; which was not true. At no time did he endanger himself, or others.
As a private citizen, which he was at the time, we are all encouraged to assist law enforcement in fighting crime by providing valuable information, which is consistent with the training he received while attending the Lewisville Citizens Police Academy.
In conclusion, we all were shocked that he was fired, even though he was not working at the time of this incident. My husband is 73, and has been with Home Depot for a total of 13 years. During this time he assisted opening new stores in different areas of the U.S., he has received over 23 Customer Service Awards, and several accommodation letters from the President of the company. During his employment, he always received good reviews. It seems to me that Home Depot could have warned him, or written him up for a Code of Conduct violation without firing him. It seems that Home Depot chooses to single out older, higher paid employees especially those with prior health problems.